Political Parties & Elections
Poli 301, Fall 2007
Phone:
201-200-3259 Email:
fmoran@njcu.edu

Political Science Dept.
Syllabus
Useful Links
Notes
Prof. Moran Homepage
Exams

Course Description:

This course explores two core elements of democratic political life: political parties and elections (which explains the clever title for the course). During the semester we will also pay special attention to the November elections and the ongoing presidential election campaign.

 Useful Links

Political Parties

Democratic National Committee
Green Party
Republican Party
Other Third Parties

Presidential Election 08

Washington Post candidate list
D.C. Political Report
Politics1 President '08 Links
Political Gateway
Polls for Dem and Republican nominees
State by State polls for presidential nominee contests
Interactive Electoral College Map*

*when you get to the site, use the dropdown menu to select "all neutral," then click on a state once for it to count Republican, twice for Democratic. Try to map out a winning strategy for your candidate with a rationale for success.

 

Electoral Systems

Election Law
Redistricting Game
Systems by country
Global Electoral Systems
Alternative Voting Systems
Arrow's Impossibility Theorem (this is an article that lays out the basics of the theory in graphical form; try to stick with it).
Arrow's Impossibility Theory proofs (check the appendix for the mathematical details)
Arrow's Theorem ("somewhat" easy explanation
Voting Theory Made Easy

Primary Election Info

Primary Election Calender (pdf file)
Primary Election Types by state

Government-Related Political Sites

AllPolitics.com
Center for Responsive Politics
Congressional Quarterly
The Hill
Polling Report
Project Vote Smart
Roll Call
Skeleton's Closet
Supreme Court cases

 

Media

Newspapers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Baltimore Sun
Boston Globe
Chicago Tribune
Christian Science Monitor
Dallas Morning News
Houston Chronicle
Jersey Journal
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Philadelphia Inquirer
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
USA Today
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Washington Times
Media Ownership
2006 Advertising Data from Ad Age

For other papers not on the list try:

Newspaper Association of America

Other News Media

ABC News
Associated Press
BBC World News
CNN
CBS News
Electronic Policy Network
Fox News
MS-NBC
The Nation
National Review
Newsweek
PBS
Policy.com
Reuters
Time Magazine
US News & World Report

Institutions

National Government

White House
Federal Election Commission
Fed World Info Network
FirstGov
House of Representatives
Library of Congress
Senate

Congress

Partisan control of Senate, House, Governors (color coded maps for each category)
Congressional Districts by Party (map)
Congressional District Profiles

Notes

Primaries
Media
Parties in Government
Congressional Parties & Policy
Voting Theory

Political Humor

Doonesbury
Get Fuzzy
Pearls Before Swine
The Daily Show
Colbert Report
This Modern World

Diversions

Prisoner's Dilemma explained
Play Prisoners' Dilemma
Cognitive Dilemma1
Cognitive Dilemma2
Cognitive Dilemma3
Optical Illusions
Getting Perspective
Got the time?
Weirdly cool
Mr. Picassohead
Open Sesame
Four Square
Personality Quiz
Impending Doom Quiz
Waste lots of time

Games

Throw Paper!
Pinguin Extreme
Vector Tower Defense
Hamster Flight
Catapult
Trebuchet
Bubblewrap pop


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